BOSTON — Taking a short walk after dinner can lower your chances of developing diabetes.
When you eat, you get a spike in blood sugar, followed by a rise in insulin levels to control that blood sugar. In excess, this can eventually lead to diabetes.
Researchers in Ireland found that walking lightly for just two to five minutes before you get a spike in blood sugar, usually 60 to 90 minutes after eating, can lower both blood sugar and insulin levels compared to sitting for long periods after eating.
They say walking tenses your muscles, using some of the excess glucose in the bloodstream.